Perilla

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What other names is Perilla known by?

Basilic Japonais, Beefsteak Plant, Dentidia nankinensis, Huile de Graines de Pérille, Huile de Graines de Shiso, Huile de Pérille, Huile de Shiso, Japanese Basil, Menthe Pourpre, Ocimum frutescens, Perilla arguta, Perilla frutescens, Perilla nankinensis, Perilla ocymoides, Perilla Oil, Perilla Seed Oil, Pérille, Pérille de Nankin, Pérille de Nankin Pourpre, Pérille de Nankin Vert, Purple Mint, Shiso, Shiso Japonais, Silam, Wild Coleus, Zi Su.

What is Perilla?

Perilla is an herb. The leaf and seed are used to make medicine.

Perilla is used for treating asthma. It is also used for nausea, sunstroke, inducing sweating, and to reduce muscle spasms.

In foods, perilla is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, perilla seed oil is used commercially in the production of varnishes, dyes, and inks.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Seasonal allergies (hayfever). Early research suggests that taking 50 mg/day or 200 mg/day of perilla extract by mouth for 3 weeks decreases symptoms of seasonal allergies.
  • Asthma. Early research suggests that using perilla seed oil might improve lung function in people with asthma.
  • Canker sores. Early research suggests that cooking with perilla seed oil for 8 months might decrease the average monthly occurrence of canker sores in people with recurrent canker sores. The effect appears to be similar to cooking with soybean oil.
  • Nausea.
  • Sunstroke.
  • Causing sweating.
  • Relieving spasms.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of perilla for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Perilla work?

Perilla contains chemicals that might decrease swelling and affect other chemicals that cause asthma symptoms.

Are there safety concerns?

Perilla is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for up to 8 months. When put on the skin, perilla can cause an allergic skin reaction and rash.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking perilla if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Perilla.

The appropriate dose of perilla depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for perilla. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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